Go down to the BOTTOM for my FANTASIA companion to Jaysen Headley’s Vault Disney Project.
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY 
By the second film, everything about the first film is much more realized. Everything from the first film was used as the blueprint for this one. The music, the structure, the imagery, the language, and mythos.
The music is full and rich. The themes and signatures of the music and franchise are solidified in this film, echoing what had come before, but more louder and pronounced. Instant classic. To this day, this film has been hailed by many as the one of the best action films! That’s a tall order, especially with a film like Mad Max: Fury Road, but I have to admit, it’s one of my all-time favorite straight up action flicks!
An Aside: Something about CGI in films
Today’s action films have SO MUCH CGI, that our eyes just gloss over at the sensory overload of imagery, and left unimpressed, cause despite modern digital effects, we still aren’t fooled into believing what we’re seeing. What we see are things, people, that move very fast, too fast, and unrealistic. Ok, well, most CGI is used for the unrealistic stuff, I get it, but there’s just something that’s missing that practical effects have. A soul perhaps? For some reason, when we see something that’s REAL, we can feel it, we’re more likely to connect, versus, disconnect when we see some crazy CGI stuff. A great example is watching Mad Max: Fury Road, and YES, it used CGI, BUT, it also used a lot of practical effects for the things the audience is supposed to believe is happening. Things explode, parts of vehicles explode, and people fly or dangling in mid-air. There’s just more real energy. Something you can feel.
ANYWAY! Back to Terminator 2.
Does it hold up? Well, you know, it doesn’t hold up as well as Aliens. Maybe because Aliens is a fantasy Sci-Fi film, whereas there’s more reality in Terminator 2, atleast in regards to its environment. It’s very much more time-period specific. It looks very 90s. Aliens,.. is less specific in its aesthetic.
Either way, I do really appreciate it as the original’s successor. I remember when it first came out, it was huge! It was a big big deal! People were watching it multiple times in the cinemas. I know I did. And the Guns ‘n Roses song was a hit as well. If you look at its structure, you see James Cameroon all over it. In many ways, it is also the same structure as Aliens. Especially in relation to Alien. In both franchises, the second movie was an expansion, almost like a remake, of the original. They retread the same basic themes and ideas, and make them bigger! Everything in the second films mirror that of their first. It’s an observation, I’m not trying to decide if it’s good or bad. To me, it’s just fun. It’s like a really good remake, that improves over the original, except, it’s a sequel.
Again, I don’t know that Jaysen was impressed at all. I can’t tell. Maybe we should try talking more about the films we watch. Actually I think it’s mostly cause he was resistant to watching ANY of Schwarzenegger’s films. A big part of him had already made up his mind, so when they were over, they were just over. I mean, his films aren’t like some film classics that stand the test of time, that people use when they mention the artistry of filmmakers in history. So, no, Jaysen wasn’t impressed. Compared to today’s action films, perhaps T2 was one the many influences, but NOT an example of old-school film-making and use of practical special effects that many films lack today. Though T2 had its share of practical effects. Maybe one day, we’ll look back and not be impressed with Mad Max: Fury Road also? Though I think that’d be less likely for the same reason Aliens.
The following is my companion to Jaysen Headley’s Vault Disney Project, more info at the bottom.
VAULT #3: FANTASIA
I remember growing up thinking this was very boring, though admittedly there was something classic about it. The music ofcourse, and the imagery. I supposed there’s all sorts of reasons to enjoy this film. 1. the fascinating history of its conception and making. Which I’m sure Jaysen goes into. Link below, by the way. 2. If you enjoy classical music, or live classical music, it’s portrayed as being live. 3. Disney Animation. 4. The addition of a narrator that guides you through the film presenting each piece, tying the whole film together. It added to the ‘live’ aspect by breaking the fourth wall, like a documentary which also provided some additional entertainment.
Overall, it’s how I remembered it. I think over the years I’d seen bits and pieces of it, so it stayed fresh.
Jaysen also recently got ‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ game for the X-Box 360. It’s one of those music and rhythm games, BUT it’s unique in that it uses the Kinect technology which provides a new way of playing these games. The Kinect, if you didn’t know allows the player(s) to use their body as the ‘controller’ to the game. This technology in games have been seen mostly with ‘dance’ or ‘sports’ related type of games that require movement. With Fantasia: Music Evolved, they player(s) use their body, their arms specifically, to dictate a song, like a conductor of an orchestra!
Jaysen Headley’s thoughts on Vault 3: Fantasia from his blog.
JAYSEN HEADLEY’S VAULT DISNEY PROJECTS:
Jaysen Headley asked me to re-watch every Disney Vault film in chronological order with him. We’re gonna try to watch atleast one a week if not 2. He’ll be writing a blog to accompany this project, and I will post a companion to it.
It’s a fun project! And I’m also mixing in other older films Jaysen had never seen. Right now, we’re working on Arnold Schwarzenegger & Mission: Impossible films!
Jaysen Headley’s Vault Disney: The Others Project
Jaysen also started a sister project for other Disney films that are not considered part of the animated Vault called Vault Disney: The Others, which I will also be posting a companion for.